Without ACs & proper ventilation, things can go from mild frustration to unbearable discomfort in minutes. This is especially true in summers when the air seemingly stops moving and becomes stuffier with each second passing.
An inexpensive and easy option is a tower fan, which can somewhat improve the situation to an extent. Enter the Honeywell HYF290B QuietSet tower fan. It may not be a long-termed solution, but at least it can alleviate the annoyances to an acceptable level.
Honeywell HYF290B QuietSet Fan Features
- Eight-speed settings
- Streamlined body
- Dimmer light
- Diverse timer options
- Quiet operation
- Barely decent performance (max setting)
- Poorly-designed & awkward control
- Factory-resets after each shutdown
Small & Compact
Similar to most tower fans, the Honeywell HYF290B has a streamlined body, which is a blessing for small households. With a 10 in x 8 in footprint, the fan can fit in tight corners and doesn’t gobble up too much space, meaning you can put it sideways when vacuuming the room.
8-Level Wind Speed
As the name suggests, the HYF290B boasts a powerful motor with an impressive 8-level speed setting, which is a major selling point and even a deal-sealer for many buyers. Most free-standing tower fans have three or four speeds— five, tops— so it’s a pleasant surprise to discover such a versatile tower fan with this many options.
But one thing we found rather odd is how the eight speeds are ordered. Rather than numbering from one to eight, the options are arranged as follows:
- “White Noise,”
- “Cool,” and
- “Power Cool.”
It’s an odd choice of labeling, given how things could be easier and intuitive with numbers. Furthermore, it may cause confusion for those unfamiliar with it. At least there’s an LED-lit control panel on top of the fan displaying the current wind speed.
The wind speed options are diverse, but we feel it’s coming way short of our expectation when it’s come to how strong the wind is. Tower fans aren’t exactly known for their cooling prowess, but even set on Power Cool, the HYF290B doesn’t feel like a high-power fan running at full-speed.
As to why: the sacrificed power is compensated with tranquility.
Our guess is that Honeywell was focusing on quiet operation and nighttime applications for bedrooms, which is more than perfect to lull you into a deep slumber. The lower half of the speed spectrum is very quiet and great for gently wafting a light breeze over you while you drift off to dreamland. Additionally, the back-and-forth oscillation speed is not affected by the blower speed setting.
Timer & Display
A built-in auto-shutoff timer keeps the fan running for as long as you set it to— one, two, four, or eight hours. This set-once-and-forget feature lets you cool off worry-free about energy consumption while taking a quick shut-eye or a full night’s worth of sleep. Either a power nap or eight-hour sleep, rest assured that the fan will eventually turn itself off, even if you forget and leave the room.
Your eyes would be sensitive to any light when you happen to wake up in the middle of the night. The blue dimmer inside the fan offers just enough visibility to make adjustments but not too intense to hurt yourself. You can adjust the brightness at 100%, 75%, 50%, 25% or completely off.
There is a remote control for the HYF290 that neatly tucks in the fan’s rear when not in use. The remote has a set of basic functions— including an ON/OFF switch, oscillation toggle, and speed. Also, the remote uses two triple-A battery cells.
Since the remote uses infrared signal, you have to stand directly in front of the fan without any obstruction in the middle to use it. What’s more, the timer and dimming options aren’t included on the remote but on the control panel instead.
Last but not least: the HYF290 is under a one-year limited warranty.
Room for Improvement
There are a few points we need to address.
For starters, each button— on the remote and control panel alike— further takes a function up one notch with no way to reverse. You’d have to go through all options if you over-press, which feels needless and time-consuming. This nuisance applies to the speeds, dimmer, and timer.
Another thing is once you shut off the fan, it erases the current settings and sets back to factory defaults— lowest speed and brightest display. It’s not much of a concerning problem, but a mild inconvenience nonetheless.
All in all, the Honeywell HYF290B makes a perfect addition to a study room or bedroom, where silence is highly appreciated and valued. If you need a fan for a bigger room, say the living room, we recommend something else with more power.